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Popular Citizen Police Academy Resumes August 19th--Applications Now Being Accepted


July 17, 2014


Nashvillians interested in learning about the inner workings of their police department and its enforcement/investigative strategies are cordially invited to apply for the 29th session of the popular Citizen Police Academy, which begins its 13-week run on Tuesday, August 19th.
Classes will be held on Tuesday nights from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. through November 11th in the community room of the West Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike.  Because class size is limited, interested persons are urged to apply immediately.  The deadline for applications is August 12th.
Participants will learn about police work through the perspective of a variety of guest speakers, including members of the police department’s specialized components.  Topics will include gangs, domestic violence, traffic/DUI enforcement, internet crimes, emergency preparedness, crime prevention and the judicial process.  There will also be a tour of the Emergency Communications Center and a demonstration by the Aviation, Canine and Mounted Units.
“The Citizen Police Academy is a unique and fun way to learn more about law enforcement in Nashville, and is an important part of strengthening partnerships between officers and residents,” Chief Steve Anderson said.  “We are sincerely proud to offer this program, which, since 1995, has graduated more than 1,300 Nashvillians from all walks of life.”
Each applicant should commit to attending at least 10 of the 13 sessions, be a Davidson County resident/business owner at least 21years old, and have no arrest record (excluding minor traffic violations).  While completion of the course gives citizens an understanding of the workings of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, it does not make a participant a certified law enforcement officer, nor is it designed to train citizens to perform law enforcement duties.  Applications are available at any of the department’s 7 precincts.  They can also be submitted on the Internet by logging onto
Persons desiring an application by mail or fax, or persons with questions, are invited to contact Michelle Crowder, the department’s Citizen Police Academy Coordinator, at 943-2110, or Officer Troy Meadows at 880-1781.